No experience is quite like a breakup. Whether you're in a casual relationship or a long-term commitment, it's difficult to sever ties from someone with whom you've formed a bond. However, knowing when to break up is necessary, rather than dragging out a relationship that's unlikely to succeed.

Make up or break up?

The inner aspects of a relationship are complex and differ from couple to couple, so what works for one partnership may not work for another. Therefore, it's important to learn what it looks like for you personally when a dynamic begins to fail.

"People get into cycles they can't get out of," said Wendi L. Dumbroff, M.A., a licensed professional counselor who has a private practice in Madison, New Jersey. "Underneath whatever goes on under top, underneath you see that same cycle repeating itself."

This doesn't mean either partner is faulty or bad, she clarified, rather the pattern itself is to blame.

The solution is to find the root of the problem. For example, Dumbroff said, if one party feels unheard, frustration may